Career Center



  Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts with Your Advisor


January 11, 5:30-8:30 pm (pizza will be served from 5-5:30)
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January 12, 9 am-noon

Location:   TBA
Course details:  

The workshop addresses the student-faculty advisor relationship. You will learn effective negotiation and communication strategies to resolve conflicts and, better yet, to prevent unnecessary conflicts from occurring. Students from a wide variety of departments seem drawn to the potential for better aligning expectations for advising – or at least for enhancing communication between the student and faculty advisor.  Faculty and students alike find that interpersonal conflicts between and among graduate students and their advisors result in reduced productivity, as well as lost time and energy.

The presenters are professors Judith Stoddart (English) and John Beck (Labor Relations) at Michigan State University. The workshops are interactive, and use video vignettes. Developed by the Graduate School at MSU, these workshops have been presented to graduate students at universities around the country for the last decade. (See for more information.)

Additional information and/or registration:  

For more information and to apply click HERE. You may apply for either session, or indicate your flexibility.  We expect demand to exceed the number of available spaces; so we will offer more such workshops later in the academic year.
We cannot guarantee that you will be selected, but rest assured that we will be sponsoring more such workshops in the future.

You will be notified as to whether you have been selected on Thursday, Dec. 10 by 4 pm.  If you are selected, you must submit a $50 deposit check to reserve your seat. If you attend the workshop then we return the check. Otherwise, we cash it.  Checks will be due by Thursday, Dec. 17 at 4 pm.

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